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Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge for Graduated Seniors

Upward Bound can provide six (6) hours of transferrable college credit, course selection counseling, and textbooks for selected seniors who have graduated from high school and intend on pursuing a degree at a two (2) or four (4) year college or university.  This is intended to help students successfully bridge from high school to college.  This is offered during the summer between the students’ senior year of high school and their first semester of college.  Summer Bridge students can also receive a summer stipend for work/study. 


All seniors are encouraged to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Preferred two (2) years of participation in Summer Academy
  • A “college-entrance” level score on the SAT or ACT, or VCCS placement test
  • Consistent participation in Upward Bound activities
  • Fewer than 10 unexcused absences from school during the senior year of high school
  • No out-of-school suspensions during the senior year of high school


Enrollment in Summer Bridge is limited to funds available.  Being eligible to participate does not guarantee that the student will be selected to participate.  Students will be ranked according to GPA, college entrance test scores, school and Upward Bound attendance, and commitment to attend classes during the summer semester.

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